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Quebec City Helicopter Tour
"After meeting at the ticket office in Quebec City at your chosen departure time you’ll be driven to the heliport for your helicopter tour. Aboard a 4- to 6-person state-of-the-art helicopter soar over Quebec City for 12-15 minutes and admire incredible aerial views of Old Quebec and its fortifications. Spot Château Frontenac Cap Diamant the Plains of Abraham Ile d'Orléans and the bridges spanning the mighty St Lawrence River. You’ll fly over all the must-see natural wonders and popular urban areas of this 17th-century capital city. Your expert pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary
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"Quebec City
"Quebec City Its River and Its Landscape Helicopter Tour""Enjoy a truly breathtaking sightseeing experience on a 30-minute “Québec City Its River Its Landscapes” tour. Along with all the City Tour attractions including the Québec bridges the Plains of Abraham
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Quebec City Walking Tour
"Conducted year-round rain or shine this walking tour starts in the Upper Town district of Old Quebec and finishes in the Lower Town. You'll discover Quebec City's history from 1608 to present on this enjoyable walking tour. While listening to the entertaining and informative commen you'll gain a sense of the day-to-day lives of the people who have lived in this lovely fortress city over the centuries. You will visit sites such as the Quebec Citadel Chateau Frontenac Quebec fortifications Basilica Notre-Dame
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Parlement de Quebec Tips (24)

PARLEMENT

Just outside the city walls near the Porte Saint-Louis is the Parliament building, home of the National Assembly and the Lieutenant Governor. Built in Second Empire style – looking much like the Philadelphia City Hall – the façade features 28 statues of people significant in the history of Quebec. There are another 22 statues on the building’s grounds including Rene Levesque – one of the founders of Parti Quebecois – and Maurice Dupleiss – this premier’s conservative era, 1936-1939 and 1944-1959, is known as La Grande Noirceur or “the Great Darkness” by his opposition.

Originally, the Parliament was a bicameral house, but the upper house – the Legislative Council – was abolished in 1968, the last upper house left in the Canadian provinces.

The building was built between 1877 and 1886. Today, a new underground visitor center – $60.5 million – is being constructed in front of the Fountaine de Tourny – a fountain which used to sit in Quebec’s twin city of Bordeaux and inaugurated here in 2007. The new center is similar to the visitor center being constructed at the federal capital of Ottawa.

Guided tours in French and English take you through the building discussing the history of the building and the National Assembly lasting about 45 minutes – free.

Like in Ottawa and London, the two houses were adorned in green for the Commons – National Assembly – and red for the upper house. Television rules today, however, and green has become blue. The Red Room serves today as a committee room and a special events area. A crucifix installed during Dupleiss’ time stands above the Speakers’ Chair in the National Assembly defying efforts by those who wish to separate church and state. Like in other Parliaments – except Newfoundland, where heaters ruled the seating – the ruling party sits to the right of the Speaker and the opposition is on the left.

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mtncorg
Nov 23, 2016

Hôtel du Parlement

Located on Parliament Hill, this is the workplace of Quebec Province's 125 elected representatives. This grand Second Empire style building was erected in 1886. On the facade are 21 statues of important people in the history of the province.
The majority is held by the Parti Quebecois, followed by the Quebec Liberal Party.

Attend meetings of Parliament-
The meetings of the National Assembly and its standing committees are open to the public.
Reservations available, free of charge, by calling
Québec City area: 418-643-7239
Toll-free: 1-866-337-8837
Proper attire required, no cellphones or cameras or other recording devices.

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reservations
-By telephone
Québec City region: 418-643-7239
Toll-free number: 1-866-337-8837
-cameras are permitted on tours, unless otherwise notified
-tours last about 30 minutes, conducted in English and French

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GentleSpirit
Oct 20, 2012

A free visit to the Parliament Building

Built between 1877 and 1886, l'Hotel du Parlement is home to the Quebec legislative assembly. The building itself is a great example of Second Empire style architecture, and tours (approx. 30 min) are available daily, free of charge. All you have to do is show up at Door No. 3 (on the left) and go through security check. Tours include a visit of the debate and senate chambers, and will give you lots of historical, political as well as architectural information. After the tour, make sure to walk around the grounds of Parliament Hill where you will be able to see statues of former provincial prime ministers, as well as a beautiful Inuksuk. A nice way to round off your visit to the province's capital!

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Jefie
Apr 19, 2012

L'Hotel du Parlement

Eugène-Étienne Taché designed this great building, built in the Second Empire style between 1877 and 1886. It's the meeting place for both houses of Canada's Parliament--the National Assembly and the Legislative Council.

Guided tours take visitors through both chambers, and guides discuss the history and features of this building. Be sure to examine the facade, with its statues of Canada's most distinguished figures. Security is tight, so be patient and have a current photo ID.

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Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Parliament House - Overlooks The Old City

Situated on a hill just outside the city walls is the majestic Parliament House. The prime position on the hill lets the Parliament overlook the old city and the St Lawrence river. The building was built to reflect British architecture and is well worth a visit.

The Parliament is known as Place de L'Assemblee-Nationale.

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Mikebb
Jun 20, 2008

Provincial Parliament buildings

Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec and therefore houses the provincial parliament. The buildings sit within the walled part of the city on what appears to be the highest point within the walls. This building is where Quebec's polititians debate provincial matters and pass legislation specific to Quebec. I also visited the buildings in the evening and lite up at night the look pretty impressive as well.

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lazyman_1
Feb 03, 2008

L'Hôtel du Parlement (Parliament Building)

If you're here on a weekday, tours of Parlement in English and French are available. We took the French tour, as it was the last of the day, and our only opportunity. The tour is available during normal business hours (9am - 5), and to gain entrance, head to door 3, which is the front, left-corner door. There is a small plaque identifying it as the visitor center.

Like most chambers of legislature, the building is where the elected officials get together and argue their position. The building was designed by architect Eugène-Étienne Taché in the Second Empire style, and was built from 1877 to 1886. With the frontal tower, the building stands at 52 metres or 171 feet in height.

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mattreider
Jan 02, 2008

Parliament Building

The most prominent building you see when leaving the old town through Porte St. Louis or Porte Kent is the parliament building. Built from 1877 to 1886, the parliament houses Québec's legislative assembly. Apparently, there are free guided tours through the building, but I didn't do them. Instead, I enjoyed looking at the multitude of figures on the facade, most of them showing famous Canadians. Interestingly, there's also a man of first nation origin. The importance that is nowadays given to all matters concerning the first nations can also be seen in an interesting in the gardens before the parliament. A so-called "Inuksuk", a monument dedicated to "the friendship between Québecois and Inuits", is found on the left side of the parliament.

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"Quebec City - A Bit of Europe Close at Hand!"
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Hotel du Parlement

Premier site historique national du Québec, l'hotel du Parlement est un edifice imposant dont les quatre ailes forment un carre d'environ cent metres de cote. Son architecture, quasi unique en Amerique du Nord, s'inspire du style Second Empire. En parcourant les lieux, vous visitez, entre autres, la salle de l'Assemblee nationale. C'est dans cette salle de style Renaissance francaise que siegent les deputes du Quebec. Vous accedez egalement à la salle du Conseil legislatif, ou se tiennent, depuis 1968, les seances des commissions parlementaires. Horaires des visites commentees : de septembre au 23 juin, du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 16 h 30. Du 24 juin à la fete du Travail, du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 16 h 30, samedis, dimanches et jours feries de 10 h à 16 h 30. Les groupes de 10 personnes ou plus doivent réserver. Entrée gratuite.

The most important historical site in Québec City. The Parliament Building is an imposing structure comprising four wings that form a square of about 100 metres (330’) per side. One of the few buildings in North America whose architecture in Second Empire style. The tour of the Parliament Building includes the National Assembly Chamber (where the members of provincial parliament sit) with its Renaissance architecture and the Legislative Council Chamber (standing committees have been held here since 1968). Schedule for guided tours: September to June 23, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 24 to Labour Day, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations required for groups of ten or more. Free admission.

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violette_ca
Jun 13, 2007

Hotel du Parlement

The Quebec Parliament Building is a eight-floor building and home to the National Assembly of Quebec. The building was designed by architect Eugene-Etienne Tache and was built from 1877 to 1886. With the central tower, the building stands at 52 metres or 171 feet in height. The building was constructed with a Second Empire style of architecture. Twenty-two bronze statues of some of the most prominent figures in Quebec's history gaze out from the facade.

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Blatherwick
Jan 01, 2006

National Assembly of Quebec

Quebec City is the provincial capital of Quebec Province and as a result there are approximately 40,000 civil servants.

The city is normally a buzz as well with all the local political gossip.

The National Assembly is one of the cities nicest buildings espeically during carnaval as you can see in this picture.

The lights make it beautiful as well. The building also has statued everywhere depicting past leaders.

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jamiesno
Feb 06, 2005

National Assembly of Québec Parliament Building

Québec City is the capital of the province of Québec. The Parliament building is the home of Québec's National Assembly - the head of Québec's provincial government.

Québec is in a unique situation because it's the only province in Canada that recognizes itself as a nation. While every other province will use the adjective "provincial" to describe or name places under its jurisdiction, Québec uses the word, "national", despite that it's not federal or Canada-wide. This sometimes confuses many people, including Canadians. Just remember that in Québec, things described as "national" normally pertain to places within the borders of Québec.

As for visiting, Québec's Parliament Building is a beautiful example of 19th century architecture inspired by the Paris's Louvre. This particular style is unique to North America.

Tours are offered in French and English. Spanish and Italian tours are also available if you reserve ahead. There's also a giftshop if you're like buying souvenirs.

I would suggest a visit here if you're interested in history, architecture, and/or politics. The tour would definitely cover all three. Not only would you get to see inside the building, but you'd get a greater understanding of how Québec's political system functions.

While I didn't have the time to do the tour myself, I'll be sure to make time for it during my next visit.

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Carmanah
Dec 20, 2004

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